Bushnell V4 JOLT Golf Laser Rangefinder Review
There are a lot of things to like about the V4 Rangefinder, especially compared to the older version, the V3, if you’ve used that. For starters, its accuracy numbers are pretty darn spot on. It’s not going to give you five different readings in less than a minute. It’s darn accurate. The plus/minus rate is right around 1 yard, which is much lower than your average rangefinder. However, there are some rangefinders out there that are down to ½-yard, and I would expect the next version to try and get down to that. The speed it gives you those numbers is also much quicker compared to other models, particularly the V3.
I would recommend getting the slope edition because this is even more accurate. The slope edition factors in uphill and downhill shots and adjusts your distance based off that. This has a huge impact, obviously, on club selection. If you play in tournaments, it is now legal to use the slope laser, but you have to keep the slope mode off. Keep that in mind so you don’t get penalized when competing.
Bushnell V3 Vs. V4 Rangefinder
Compared to the V3, the V4 is considerably smaller. In fact, research shows it’s 30% smaller. It’s very compact and easy to hold and use, not to mention it weighs less than 6 ounces. It puts my 30-pound binocular set to shame. This can be a caveat, too, though, as it makes it harder to hold still when it’s this super light.
You also can’t go wrong with the design. It makes it super comfortable to hold in your hand. Unlike the V3, this one has a small notch along the bottom of the rangefinder to rest your thumb and it is better textured allowing for a stronger grip. One button on top can control everything, from shooting off the laser to the flag to switching to different modes. You can also adjust the focus with the focus ring, something a lot of rangefinders don’t come with. It’s easy to adjust the focus, too. You can use your index finger for that.
There’s also the JOLT part of the rangefinder is pretty cool, I won’t lie. If you’ve ever used these things, it’s hard to figure out when the rangefinder has finalized a set distance for your shot. Well, with the V4, it sets off a small vibration, or “jolt”, that you can feel. This lets you know your distance is set. Plus, like we said above, this isn’t going to give you a different reading every time. Once that jolt goes off, you’re locked in. No more doing the law of averages of five different readings or doubting yourself or the rangefinder.
The V4 has an adjustable eyepiece which allows you to fit your eye. It comes with a protective silicone cover and premium looking hard case which can easily clip to your golf bag. It also includes a battery pack and battery door. The 3 volt/cr2 battery also allows you to play a few rounds without needing a recharge.
Another question on many golfers’ minds are the zoom levels. This one has 5x magnification and has a view range of 5-1000 yards and can scan anywhere within 400 yards to the flag. I would expect in the next upgrade that they will move to a 6x/7x as some rangefinders have that ability out there.
Playing in the rain? No need to worry. The Bushnell V4 is water resistant, so even if you’re playing in a monsoon (which God bless you if you are), you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged.
Our final verdict? While it can be a bit pricey, it’s worth it if you can afford it. It saves you a ridiculous amount of time determining yardage and is accurate and easy to use. The bottom line is just makes the game of golf more enjoyable and stress-free. There’s enough other parts of the game of golf that can cause you stress. This is something that can at least take away some of that pain.
Pros And Cons
- Compact and extremely lightweight
- Provides accurate readings
- Gives you a vibration when the yardage number is final
- Use just one finger to focus in and can hold with one hand
- You can get slope mode which takes elevation into account
- Its extreme light weight could make it more difficult to hold steady
- Magnification of 5x is good, but there are rangefinders with 6x/7x out there
- Switching between modes can be tricky for beginners out there
James Salmon is a sports writer from Melbourne, Australia, and has experience writing on a wide range of sports, including basketball, golf, tennis, cricket and surfing to name a few. He also holds an editorial role for Sydney-based digital media company CompareTV, and contributes significantly to the sports component of their website.